SWEET_CAROLYN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEET%5FCAROLYN SWEET_CAROLYN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Being sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988120 So on Wednesday, the strangest thing happened. A quarter to 3, I suddenly had a sore throat. Weird. It did not go away with water, so I wasn't too surprised when the next day I woke up with a cold. <BR> <BR> So I've been sick for about 5 days now. I'm doing a LOT better, to be sure. I ran on Wednesday night (though I was tired), then I took off Thursday and Friday because I just felt awful. Saturday I started feeling moderately better but it wasn't until Sunday that I really perked up. <BR> ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:17:25 EST Introspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985147 I am proud today. Yesterday, I stuck to my plan. I ate the Medifast foods I planned. When I went home, I finished the cous cous and grilled veggies in the fridge - about 1 cup of cous cous and a LOT of grilled veggies (peppers, eggplant, zucchini). Honestly, I ate so many veggies, I kinda felt bloated. <BR> <BR> Which got me to thinking, of course, of Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" which I read awhile back (this year? Last? I can't remember now). Fuhrman's program encourages eating 1lb of raw veggi... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:39:36 EST This finding a "new routine thing" *SIGH* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984535 I hate saying "I'm back" because either it seems my previous return didn't last or it really highlights how long it's been that I've taken a break. <BR> <BR> I have had my braces for nearly a month, and my mouth is definitely more accustomed to the little demons. Sure, food gets stuck in them constantly, but I have a routine, and I can eat more normal food so it's time to stop leaning on ice cream and get back to work. <BR> <BR> About 2 years ago now, I was getting close to hitting transiti... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:01:25 EST Finding a new routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971448 So I got off vacation last week and started slowly getting back into my routine: work, exercise, eating, etc. <BR> <BR> And then I got braces last Wednesday! This is a good thing, because as a result of the DNA appliance that was used to cure my sleep apnea (and what started my whole new look on Healthy Living), my teeth have several bothersome gaps. <BR> <BR> The problem is - eating foods is miserable. Most of the MF foods are too crunchy and painful to eat right now. I have trouble biting... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:37:09 EST Back from Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968638 Howdy do! I am BACK from vacation! And I got the most amazing picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cb9dfaa-939f-4a7d-8b28-3e150b40258f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes, that is Stonehenge! <BR> <BR> Anyway, while I was on vacation, I was definitely off program and not really watching that closely how I ate. BUT I also did a lot more walking, ate food that was better proportioned and had a lot of good filling protein. So when I stepped on the scale today and it showed I o... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:51:09 EST Vacation starts tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958133 So tomorrow is my first day of vacation! I'm nervous and excited - traveling to a new place and all! I plan on trying to watch what I eat, but I also want to enjoy the local food too. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I won't be on much the next two weeks. Wish me luck! And happy healthy journey to everyone in the meantime! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:15:49 EST THE SCALE MOVES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956907 It's probably been like two weeks since I came back on SparkPeople and started monitoring what I ate on MyFitnessPal. In that two weeks, I hadn't really seen the scale move much at all. In fact, Scale and I had a heart-to-heart awhile back. <BR> <BR> But today IT MOVED! I was down 4 pounds since I started 2 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I got the first hint last night when I was down 3 pounds. That was really exciting! But today, when I saw that extra pound - encouraging! <BR> <BR> I am not surpris... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 11:36:34 EST The Results Are In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956382 And I think I did pretty darned well! <BR> <BR> Honestly, this weekend was so hot, all my sister and I wanted to do was lounge in front of the AC. But I did get off my booty and ran on Friday morning, though it was a tough run - so hot! <BR> <BR> At the game on Friday, I kept hydrated in upper 90's weather - not an easy feat! Still once the game was over and we headed to dinner, I chugged away at water. Oh, and had some fish with lentils! Yum! <BR> <BR> On the 4th, my sister and I played i... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:21:19 EST Goals for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954435 The weekend is coming! And with this being a holiday weekend, and knowing what type of person I am, I am going to have to gird myself and ready myself for the trials ahead. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I'm going to a soccer game. Fun, but of course, junk food galore. Besides being ridiculously and obscenely expensive, it's not good for me. And it'll be HOT so I don't want to do anything to dehydrate myself. <BR> <BR> On July 4th, I'm going to my parents. My mom is usually good about having healthy o... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:01:19 EST A good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953352 Yesterday turned out to be a good day - particularly last night. <BR> <BR> Once I got off Medifast and adopted my old Bad Habits, dinners had gotten, well, out of control. You know what I mean - you have eaten pretty good all day at work, avoiding the donuts and candy by the receptionist's desk, and then suddenly, you are home and STARVING. You eat everything in sight and then are like, "What just happened?" <BR> <BR> Last night, my plan was to make a smoothie. I used fistfuls of lettuce, s... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:36:43 EST Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952803 So I haven't made any significant scale victory (boo!), but there is one non-scale victory (NSV) I have made: I have checked into Sparkpeople every day for the last 8 days! <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> CELEBRATION! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> This time around, I haven't been as stringent about being on MF, which may change depending on if I can bring down my weight by just modifying my diet. I mean, I am eating MF snacks at regular intervals, but I am eating more carbs than a straight-up MF diet... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:37:19 EST Drink Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951304 Summer is here! Well, it's technically been here for nearly a week, but for my area, today and this weekend are expected to be HOT. So I figured I would do my part and post some stuff about Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: <BR> <BR> Heat Exhuastion (not as severe, but still serious): <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/heat-<BR>exhaustion </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio<BR>ns/heat-exhaustion/basics/definition/c<BR>on-20033366 </link> <BR> <B... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:43:05 EST A Conversation with the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950864 It's funny how things are. I stepped on the scale this morning, and it was down like .4 pounds. <BR> <BR> "Okay, scale, we need to have a talk." I stared down at it disapprovingly. "Why are you only down .4 pounds? I mean, I ran last night, I've really watched what I've eaten the last few days..." <BR> <BR> The scale sighed. "You know, I'm just the messenger. Don't shoot the messenger!" <BR> <BR> "But Scale!" I protested. "Do you have any idea of what I've been through? What I've done the ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:39:31 EST Motivator of the Day?! I Am Touched! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950276 I checked my emails this morning, as I typically do, and imagine my (pleasant) surprise to see the email saying I was motivator of the day! OMG! Can I just squeal in pleasure for a couple of seconds? <BR> <BR> Okay, now that I'm done, there's another set of emotions that come with that. I stepped on the scale - and yeah, the numbers weren't kind. (I am building up the courage to admit publicly what they are, so pardon me for keeping silent on the exact numbers. Let's just say, I'm no longer ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:10:46 EST Building New Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949738 I am naturally lazy. <BR> <BR> That's not entirely fair, because I lost that massive 100+ pounds back in 2013 because of my hard work and the support of my family. But let's face it: it's incredibly easy to just cheat and grab a quick meal than to prepare one yourself or spend the necessary time to check your portion sizes. <BR> <BR> I don't eat nearly as bad as I did back in 2012, before I started this journey. That said, I also am not nearly as attentive. <BR> <BR> I've gotten a bit lazy... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:13:46 EST Far too long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949291 It's funny how these things work. One day, you tell yourself, "I'm tired, I'll take a break." Then the next day you don't feel better. Then the next. And suddenly, half a year is gone and then you're like, "I can't come back now - look how long it's been." <BR> <BR> Well, that's my excuse. I think we all understand that feeling. I won't say I haven't been busy - I have done some more traveling, and to be honest, my emotional state has been all over the board as of late - but being busy doesn... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:34:14 EST Go to the Doctor - Do it FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816189 For years and years and years, I didn't go to my doctor because I was fat and I didn't want to have the talk about how I was fat (my doctor at the time would and did talk about how I needed to lose weight for like 30 min straight, even if I was at the doctor to have, say, a cyst in my ankle checked out). And instead of finding a new doctor that wouldn't harp on my needing to lose weight, I just didn't go. <BR> <BR> The only person that hurt was me. My employers didn't care - they actually pr... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:44:59 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810816 It's belated, I know, but I wasn't feeling so good last week, and now, I am. <BR> <BR> Whatever caused me to feel blue has washed over me, and I feel SO RELIEVED it is gone. DO NOT MISS AT ALL. I don't like being blue and down and negative; there is enough in this world to try to make us miserable, I want to live and enjoy my life as best as possible. <BR> <BR> And THANK YOU everyone for your comments! I have no doubt that the combination of weather/food choices was probably making me feel ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:49:10 EST Been Feelin' Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807644 I'm not exactly sure why, either. Is it the gloomy weather? Is it my eating habits? Exercise habits? Did something happen in my life that I'm not processing correctly. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to explain why I haven't logged on. I haven't forgotten you guys, just trying to keep up the motivation and not get too bogged down in my blue feelings. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:40:13 EST Quick Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798258 Life has been good, though last weekend was BUSY preparing for my aunt's boyfriend's birthday party! <BR> <BR> Probably the best part, or at least one of the memorable ones for me, was when I decided to play chase with my cousin's son, a very energetic 6/7 year old. He chased me around the park shelter, and it took him several circuits before he caught up to me. And once he did, he had to sit down and take a bit of a breather - telling me that I should make another go at running. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:20:55 EST Week 4 and 1 Year Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794854 Things got all wonky what with my vacation a while back, so pardon my departure! I have been trying to stay on plan, and while my weight loss has not been as much as I would have liked, I *AM* happy to report being down to 191.2 as of this morning! Which means I've lost nearly 9 pounds from 9/7 - not a remarkable or extraordinary amount, but given I went on vacation and splurged, I am just glad I didn't regain it all!! <BR> <BR> Also, I saw a bunch of lovely, lovely Happy 1 Year Anniversary ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:56:24 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785573 This weekend was AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Now, Saturday morning, my knees hurt so bad, I wasn't able to run nearly as well as usual. So that had me bummed out quite a bit. BUT Sunday was awesome! I really loved seeing all the fellow nerds dressed up, but the BEST part was how several little girls wanted to talk to me. (One girl was outside the convention center, walking up, saw me and started RUNNING full bore into the building to talk to me!) I had a BLAST chitchatting with them. <BR> <BR> I did... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:38:32 EST VICTORY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782988 So much goodness this week and this upcoming week! I almost don't know where to begin! <BR> <BR> So this week, I made sure to schedule an annual checkup with my doctor. This is of-note because this will be the FIRST TIME in my entire adult life I've EVER done this! Most years, I would have a checkup, and then be like, "Oh, I'm fat, my doctor will rail on me for it, I'm pretty healthy anyway so I'm not going to go". (Ha ha for the "pretty healthy" lie too!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, so yesterday, I ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:41 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780334 So I've been back on Medifast for 1 week. My first week went REALLY well, overall. Monday, I "splurged" by having a beer (only one!), and on Saturday, I went to a friend's house, where she served vegetarian lasagna, wine and ice cream. But other than that, no fudging, no cheating. <BR> <BR> I forgot how really easy being on Medifast can be, particularly when it comes to planning what you will eat for the day. I mean, throw a few bars in the lunchsack - DONE. Dinners have been slightly more o... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:41 EST Being Frank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778646 No, I haven't changed my name. I'm just going to be really, brutally honest. <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon. I bumped up to 200 pounds. Sure, I kept running, but running was sometimes a nightmare, what with the knee. (People are not lying when they say that running is easier when you are lighter-weight!) My eating habits were so-so. I did exercise, but nothing like my 5X - 6X a week schedule. And of course, I quit checking into SparkPeople. Who wants to be seen as a failure? Because that was... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:33:19 EST I'm still around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680309 I know it's been awhile, but I am still here! I am trying to check into SparkPeople daily, even if I don't always post a blog post. <BR> <BR> This week has been a bit rough. Ups and downs with my weight. A cold scare. And today, some personal stuff got thrown on my plate. <BR> <BR> But I'm not gonna give up! I'm gonna putter away and do my best! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:16:09 EST Update on the Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664515 Today I went into for a follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon on my knee. (As a recap: Back in December, I went ice skating and fell, twisting my knee in the process. I had to stay off the knee/immobilize it for almost 2 weeks and then afterwards, I could only do light work, like cycling.) I have been pretty much doing everything I had been before the accident - running, Zumba, and spin - but I wanted to make sure the doctor took a look and gave me the approval. <BR> <BR> It's so funny; the ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:35:18 EST I am not alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663520 The news loves to talk about weight. There are numerous articles about obesity and type 2 diabetes in our youth, numerous articles about how most adult Americans are overweight or obese, numerous pages about what foods to eat or not to eat. <BR> <BR> One thing I realized today was this: for those of us who are outside the "acceptable" weight range, we know full well we are "fat". We may cloak in the clothes we wear, we may not just come outright and say, "Hey, my name is Carolyn, and I'm fat... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:14:20 EST Operation: Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662675 I'm pretty proud of myself today. It's not for something big, like exercising or eating a particularly good food. It's just that I logged into SparkPeople for the third day in a row. Again, small, but I am happy to check in and poke around on my page and my fellow Sparkers' pages. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my sister's birthday, so, being the Big Sister, I went into Birthday Mode. She started out her day not too hot at work, and I knew I needed to put on my Wonder Woman superheroine cape and co... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:19:15 EST REinvigorated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658657 There's a part of me that wants to hide the fact that I've gained 30 pounds and am in size 12 pants (instead of size 10 - not that it is REALLY the pant size that makes or breaks the person). It's that part of me that's a perfectionist, that hates to let people down, that doesn't want to be seen as a failure. <BR> <BR> But hiding that part of myself does no one any good. Projecting that perfect smile, that attitude that "Sure, I have it together - why don't you?" makes me look like a fake ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:03:08 EST The sun is shining on me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657811 This month, this year has been topsy-turvy, what with my slipping and sliding around Maintenance. My knee injury, not exercising as much, my family drama, my work drama - all of this just kept heaping onto my back until I felt like I would collapse. <BR> <BR> But this week has been a nice change of pace, particularly yesterday. Every day this week, I've exercised - running on Monday, spin on Tuesday, and then cycling/running on Wednesday. Yesterday, I was proud of my food choices; I reall... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:04:05 EST The Struggle Continues, But I'm Not Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647730 So I haven't miraculously woken up one night saying, "Eureka!" and solved all my problems, lost all the weight I regained, and am just back to being what I was. But I *AM* continuing to check into SparkPeople. And seeing all the warm thoughts and encouragements keeps me going. <BR> <BR> The fact is, while my jeans are a bit more snug, and the scale shows I'm heavier, I am STILL below my previous lowest adult weight of approx 183 pounds. And I think of this too: the last time I lost weight... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:25:12 EST The Failure to Be Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640391 2014 is really kicking my butt, folks. From injuring my knee to traveling constantly for work from managing my relationships, I really feel overwhelmed and swamped and, to be a honest, a failure. I feel like a failure because I've gained about 20 pounds since Nov/Dec. <BR> <BR> That is kinda why I've not been so active on SparkPeople (the other reason being my crazy life right now). I have been voted a motivator, I've had loads of people like my blog posts, and I've had tons of friend req... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:02:28 EST Goodbye knee brace, hello running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632560 Today marks the first day without a hinged knee brace! YIPPPPEEEEEE!! After wearing it for over a month, I can finally start getting back to my normal life - and start shedding those pounds I've put on! <BR> <BR> I know that I can't 100% blame my inactivity for my weight gain, but I know that being more active and exercising will motivate me to eat better. Because what really has packed on the pounds is more a combination: not being able to do the things I love (Zumba and running) along w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:26:48 EST What a Change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621647 Last week, I felt pretty down and, well, miserable. My work was stressing me out, I was eager to get back on my knee and do my usual things, I was mad about my eating habits - just everything was all on top of me, weighing me down. <BR> <BR> And then I come on and read your wonderful comments! Wow, guys, you are awesome!! <BR> <BR> The hardest thing is to admit that hey, you aren't always upbeat and happy, that you aren't always doing the right thing, that you need a little help from your... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:00:03 EST Stress, Stress, and More Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615992 I have not been happy with myself these last few weeks. <BR> <BR> This is not an easy thing for me to say for a lot of reasons. I want Maintenance to succeed. I don't want to fail. I also don't like to fill this space with lots of negative thoughts. I like to think of myself as a happy person; I don't post a bunch of negative thoughts on Facebook, I don't like to do so here. <BR> <BR> But I also don't want to lie and make it sound like everything is roses and sunshine. <BR> <BR> So thi... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:01:35 EST "Heal Your Knees" - My Knee Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604589 Shout out to my wonderful SparkFriend, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, who recommended this book to me! <BR> <BR> So I twisted my knee a few days before Christmas ice skating. While I 100% don't regret the ice skating that caused this injury, I am VERY anxious to get back into my usual workout routine. I have been doing an OK job of bike riding (around 2 - 3 times a week), but it's nothing like my previous routine. <BR> <BR> As part of my healing progress (besides, of course, listening to my doctor's adv... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:04:12 EST "Eat to Live" - Healthy Living Insights through Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600126 I came across this book through my dentists. They are the ones that recommended that I do the Take Shape for Life/Medifast program, and they are constantly providing tips and encouragement for me to keep that weight off. So one day, they told me about this book and how helpful it was to shedding weight and most importantly staying healthy. So I bought it. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, my friends were looking to lose weight in order to expand their family, and they found that this book and this hea... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:03:02 EST New Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594687 So I told myself that once I reached my goal, I'd buy a new scale. You see, my old scale was one of these: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366257491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing wrong, per se, but the scale was at least 5 pounds off from my sister's digital scale and my doctor's scale. So accuracy - not so much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I bought one of the Weight Watchers/ConAir scales. I didn't want the body fat ones, because I had heard they were inaccurate. Plus... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:19 EST Living with No Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592336 Inevitably, in your life, you stumble upon The Question: If you could change anything in your life, what would it be? <BR> <BR> As a child, I don't really think that question has the same gravitas that it does when you're an adult. If, when I was 8, I were asked that question, I'd probably say, "I want to get roller blades for Christmas!" Wow, yes, getting/not getting those roller blades were SO IMPORTANT that I absolutely HAD to go back and change that... <BR> <BR> #sarcasm mode off <BR>... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:12:45 EST New Year's Resolutions - 2014 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589244 Ah, it's the New Year! A New Year is kinda like a "new day", but on a grander, bigger scale. You can put aside the troubles and stresses of the previous year - maybe a heavy class load, maybe a relationship crisis, maybe a big move or a change in lifestyle. The new year is a time where anything is possible and hope and dreams are big. <BR> <BR> So why not make some New Year's Resolutions? Pick a couple and let's write 'em down, right? <BR> <BR> + Lose weight! <BR> + Exercise more <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:08:20 EST Update Time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588294 It's been a week since I last posted, so I have plenty of 'splainin' to do! <BR> <BR> First off, while I am up from my lowest weight, I have NOT gained any further. I am a pretty steady 166. Given that my exercise is almost zero because of my knee (and I have not gone back on MediFast meals full time), I am happy with that. This is mostly due to the most amazing sister on the planet, who has been holding me extremely accountable. "Are you really hungry?" "Do you really need to eat that?... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:08:20 EST What a way to bring in the New Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579445 First off: Happy New Year!! Thank you for the wonderful notes and goodies and general well-wishing! 2013 was a brilliant year and I see 2014 being just as good! <BR> <BR> After, of course, I get back on my feet. And to explain why I've been off, let me relate what happened. <BR> <BR> Three days before Christmas, I went ice skating with some friends. I don't skate much, so I'm on the ice putting along when suddenly, BAM!! On the ground, with my knee twisted underneath me. The pain was ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:53:11 EST Happy Holidays to My Wonderful SparkFamily!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568700 I can't believe it's so close to Christmas!! Woohoooooo!! <BR> <BR> I know I'll be busy these next few days, so I probably won't have time to post something. But I have words that need to come out and want to share them with you!! <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we look at the people around us and say, "Thank you!" This is the time of year when we look inside and outside ourselves and say, "I don't have it so bad". <BR> <BR> 2013 has been a freakin' amazing year for me. I have ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:46:23 EST User Name Change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566449 Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. Work and life get crazy, particularly around this time of year! <BR> <BR> I wanted to update though that I have indeed changed my user name. I probably should have done this eons ago, but I got a message from a fellow Sparker reminding me about Internet Safety and Privacy. And I figured I'd pass it along. <BR> <BR> I try really hard in my blog not to give away too much personal information, while of course trying hard to be open and honest. The... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:09:29 EST "I'm gonna take a break" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560576 The SparkPeople articles lately have really been hitting home for me! It's like they are writing them FOR ME, with ME in mind. It's scary!! <BR> <BR> Today's link is an especially good one: "Taking a break [from your "diet"/healthy eating] for the holidays". What makes this one even more poignant for me is that there are numbers...well, I won't spoil, go check out the article first, then let's chat when you're done! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=the_cost_of... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 13:43:47 EST Combating the Endless Holiday Food (Week 11 of Maintenance) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558544 Today I'm doing my surf of SparkPeople and come across this fun article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=521 </link> <BR> <BR> Being a person who likes to eat and likes to eat the foods served at the holidays, I thought it would be a good read. Turns out it was, particularly when I got to Excuse #5: <BR> <BR> <BR> Excuse #5: I’ll get back to my healthy eating plan tomorrow. <BR> This thinking is okay, as long as it is realistic. Make sure an... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:16:05 EST Bullying Won't Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557579 I'm not in high school and haven't been in years. I don't have school-aged kids. I don't even patrol those parts of the internet that tend to attract bullies. But there are MANY ways to be a bully, as this video from Upworthy shows: <BR> <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/bully-calls-news-an<BR>chor-fat-news-anchor-destroys-him-on-l<BR>ive-tv </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this link on my Facebook feed, and it called to me. It called to me because it had a very important message. <BR> <BR> First... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:05:18 EST The Wonderful Benefits of Me-Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555966 These past few months have been rather hectic. I don't particularly know why - I mean, yes, my social calendar has filled out quite a bit from a year ago, and living with my sister means that we tend to do activities together. And let's not forget the heaps of chores that come around from two people vs one. <BR> <BR> But yesterday was a day of bliss for me. I got off work and headed to a coffee shop to read - like I used to do 6 months to a year ago. And then I casually went to dinner, f... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:40:45 EST Post-Thanksgiving Panic (Week 10 of Maintenance) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555026 So Thanksgiving is over. On one hand, I'm rather happy that I didn't overindulge as much as I could have. On the other hand, I stepped onto the scale Friday and saw I was up to 165 - OUCH! 5 pounds out of my maintenance range. <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm not surprised. When you eat more and don't exercise (the OTHER bad factor of this equation), those excess calories are bound to go somewhere. And your hips are just as good as any other place. <BR> <BR> So after I found out I had an extra... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:02:17 EST